Avoid the raging financial side.
A boutique analyst for a Midtown investment firm is behind bars after he was accused of punching a subway train operator in a drunken rage, police said Saturday.
Jean-Francois Coste, 53, was at the Stillwell Ave station in Coney Island around 12:30 a.m. Friday when he got into an argument with train operator Tanya McCray, 56, police said.
A visibly intoxicated Coste, a senior equity analyst at Tocqueville Asset Management, tried to enter the station’s mezzanine staff room, possibly to use the bathroom, police sources said.
McCray, a 21-year MTA veteran, was leaving the crew room at the start of his shift when Kost tried to enter.
McCray said that when he closed the door to the staff room and told Coste he couldn’t come in, the banker punched him in the face.
“I didn’t see him punch me,” McCray told the Daily News. “I didn’t see the punch, it happened so fast.”
McCray fought back at Coste, hitting her in the face with her lunch bag and a thermos before the employee pulled the Brooklyn resident off of her.
Coste then ran to the train platform. The MTA employees shoved him into an idle train until the police took him into custody.
At the time of the attack, Stillwell Ave. the station, the last stop on the D, F, N and Q trains, was filled with police, homeless advocates and mental health professionals conducting wellness checks for homeless riders, the source said. business knowledge.
There is also a Police Transit Bureau precinct on Stillwell Ave.
McCray suffered multiple bruises and was taken to Coney Island Hospital for evaluation.
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“I hope justice will be done,” he said. “I hope he will get prison.”
Cost was charged with assault, harassment and threats against a transit worker and was ordered released without bail during a brief arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court. He is expected to stand trial in March. The judge also ordered Coste to stay away from the MTA officer.
The arrest was a first for Coste, a police source said.
In his Boerum Hill brownstone, Coste, who had a black eye and scratches on his face, declined to comment to The News.
Before joining Tocqueville Asset Management in 2008, Coste was senior vice president of global investments at US Trust, according to his company bio. His LinkedIn page says he was educated in France.
McCray’s bosses and co-workers are standing up for him.
NYC Transit Chief Operating Officer Craig Cipriano said the agency has “zero tolerance” for assaults on employees. And Richard Davis, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100, said the union would seek a stiff penalty. “We’re going to see this guy in court … No more slaps on the wrist,” Davis said.